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Published on May 06, 2024
U.S. Marshals Arrest Two Memphis Teens Accused of Separate MurdersSource: Google Street View

The streets of Memphis have seen a small measure of justice as U.S. Marshals have apprehended two 17-year-olds accused of separate murder charges, officials confirmed. The first case involved a juvenile wanted for the murder occurring on Dec. 14, 2023, where Cornelius Bennett ended up shot to death on S. Third Street. According to Action News 5, a juvenile petition was issued on Jan. 20, for the arrest of the teenager involved in Bennett's shooting.

On Thursday, May 2, the second teenager was arrested for a murder that occurred over a month later, on Feb. 13, when Marqulo Mason was found shot after a robbery on Philsar Street. Both U.S. Marshals and local law enforcement, including the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, worked jointly to facilitate an arrest claimed free of incident on a residence on Roberts Road, as Local Memphis reported.

Capturing both suspects within two hours, the Marshals' "Two Rivers Violent Fugitive Task Force" first took custody of the suspect accused of killing Marqulo Mason. They moved swiftly to apprehend the suspect involved in the Bennett murder about 90 minutes later, without disruption to the neighborhood, at a residence on Gillespie Road, as per FOX13 Memphis.

An emotional plea emerged from the community in the wake of these arrests. "It’s outrageous, it’s outrageous we need to do something about it," one community member told FOX13 Memphis, highlighting the gravity of violence perpetuated by youthful hands. In the broader context, this law enforcement breakthrough represents the ongoing battle against a noted rise in teenage-related crimes in the mid-south region.